RV and Tent Camping In or Near Bloomington, Indiana

Bloomington is located about 51 miles southwest of downtown Indianapolis, and about 12 miles west of Nashville, Indiana. The population of Bloomington in 2024 was estimated at 80,471 people.

The main campus of Indiana University is located in Bloomington. This university has many noted former students and graduates, such as David Anspaugh (movie producer and director), the late Dick Enberg (American sportscaster), Kevin Kline (actor), Lee Majors (actor), Hoosier Jane Pauley (TV broadcaster) and many others.

The city was the location of the 1979 movie “Breaking Away“. Bloomington is a “treasure house” for structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bloomington is also the birthplace of the famous composer Hoagy Carmichael, the rocker David Lee Roth of Van Halen and many other notables.

There are many campgrounds in the surrounding area of Bloomington, with Paynetown State Recreation Area being about 10 miles from the city. In addition, we provide links, location maps and ratings to 2 other popular destinations for camping within a reasonable distance from the city of Bloomington. Those would be the Charles C. Deam Wilderness and the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™.

CLICK HERE for the location of Bloomington
or CLICK the map image below.

Also, there are 6 additional campgrounds within a 25-mile radius of Bloomington.
They are as follows:

Hardin Ridge Recreation Area – 10 miles
Heltonville, Indiana

Yellowwood State Forest** – 18 miles
Nashville, Indiana

Brown County State Park – 24 miles
Nashville, Indiana

Brown County/Nashville KOA – 25 miles
Nashville, Indiana

Friends O’ Mine Campground and Cabins – 25 miles
Nashville, Indiana

McCormick’s Creek State Park – 25 miles
Spencer, Indiana

Double ** indicates special information about RV camping or days of campground operation. In most cases,
but not all, RV camping is prohibited. It is highly recommended to click on the campground website link.


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Monroe Lake

CLICK THE MAP IMAGE above for the location of Monroe Lake,
campground photos and Google reviews. Average Google review rating was
4.5 out of 5 as of 01/28/24.

RV Camping
x221 Electric Sites
x72 Non-Electric Sites

x30 & 50 Amp Service
xDump Station

Tent Camping
x19 Primitive Sites
xBasketball Court
xBeach Bathhouse
xxw/Restrooms & Showers

xBoat Launching Ramps
xCamp StorexxFire Rings

xFish Cleaning Station**

xFishing Pier
xNature Center
xxPets Welcome
xPicnic AreasxxPicnic Shelters*

xPicnic TablesxxPit Toilets
xRestrooms and Showers

xSwimming BeachxxWater Stations
xCanoesxxFishing BoatsxxJet Skis
xKayaksxxPontoonsxxSki Boats

Things To Do
xxChildren’s Playgrounds
xFishing**xxHiking Trails
xIce Fishing**

xRow BoatingxxWaterskiing

xVarious Water Activities
Special Info
* – Picnic Shelters – Contact DNR
facility regarding the probability of Rental Fees.

** – Fishing – Requires State License.

of Monroe Lake

WATCH VIDEO of the Paynetown State
Recreation Area

PLEASE NOTE: The listings above are accurate as of 08/17/19, but do not reflect all the amenities offered at this campground. Also, many campground facilities add or remove campsites and amenities over time. We strongly recommend you visit the DNR website at Monroe Lake by CLICKING HERE for all information, complete details and much more.

Monroe Lake is a 10,750 acre lake constructed in the 60’s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It’s primary purpose was to provide flood control in that area and a reliable water source for the city of Bloomington.

The total land area consists of nearly 24,000 acres, including Monroe Lake, and is under the management by both the Indiana DNR and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This land includes the Paynetown SRA, Allen’s Creek SRA, Cutright SRA, Fairfax SRA, Moore’s Creek SRA, Pine Grove SRA, Salt Creek SRA, and the Crooked Creek SRA.

For many living inside and outside of Indiana, Monroe Lake is considered a top destination for camping and water activities. The sheer size and the numerous rental offerings attracts people of all ages and outdoor interests.

All camping activities take place at the Paynetown State Recreation Area.

CLICK HERE to make reservations for the campgrounds at Monroe Lake (Paynetown SRA).


Charles C. Deam Wilderness

CLICK THE MAP IMAGE above for the location of the Charles C. Deam Wilderness,
campground photos and Google reviews. Average Google review rating was
4.9 out of 5 as of 01/28/24.

The Charles C. Deam Wilderness is contained within the 202,814 acres of the Hoosier National Forest. The wilderness itself encompasses approximately 13,000 acres. It is located just 8 miles southeast of the Bloomington city boundaries.

This wilderness area is preserved for those looking to escape from the modern world and it’s offerings. It is strictly primitive in nature and relished by those who enjoy tent camping and seclusion. All wheeled transportation is prohibited in this area, including bicycles.

Visit the Charles C. Deam Wilderness website for more details.


Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™

CLICK THE MAP IMAGE above for the location of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™,
campground photos and Google reviews. Average Google review rating was
4.4 out of 5 as of 01/28/24.

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Forecast In Bloomington.

Nearby Eats & Other Fixins’
Aver’s Pizza
Big Woods Bloomington
Cabin Restaurant & Lounge
Grecco’s Pizza Bedford
Nearby Attractions
AMC Showplace
Bloomington 12
Cedar Bluffs
Nature Preserve
Classic Bowling Lanes
Kirkwood Observatory
Leonard Springs
Nature Park

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